Man accused of beating and starving a Perry County woman is up for parole

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

Back in 2007 two couples were arrested after police found Donna Hicks tied down in a utility closet in the Bulan community.

"She was dehydrated and emaciated and had sores all over her body." says Perry County Commonwealth Attorney, Teresa Combs Reed, who served as the prosecuting attorney in the case.

One of the people charged in connection with the crime was Billy Crawford.

"The way our legal system is and I just didn't have the proof. Therefore, Billy Crawford got one of the lesser sentences." Reed adds.

Crawford was sentenced to seven years in the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville. Now, after serving four years he will be up for parole.

Crawford was convicted of criminal abuse and in Kentucky that just a class C felony, meaning he is eligible for parole when only twenty percent of his time has been served.

Even when we talked to Crawford back in 2007 he argued his innocence.

"I played no role in this. I think the people that done this oughta come forward and admit to it." says Billy Crawford.

Crawford and his wife Penny Ford were both charged in the case along with Crawford's mom, Charlotte Crawford and her husband Billy Williams. All were sentenced to fifteen years, all but Crawford.

"If my mom done this and my stepdad done this, they need to be punished. But I didn't do this and I know my wife didn't do this." adds Crawford.

But it's the parole board that decides if they think Crawford's time has been served.

Crawford's parole hearing will take place in December. Officials at the parole board say they would have to review his case to see if he was eligible. If they found him eligible he would be freed in February 2012.

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